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If there was a police report written on the damage to the cemetery fence and her vehicle was put out on the list for being wanted for the accident, then yes, he could write a ticket. However, that does not sound like what happened here and it sounds like this officer has overstepped his bounds because he cannot come to court and testify to anything about the damage. Your daughter would not and should not testify in court and without her testifying as to what happened, the officer cannot testify first hand, only hearsay about what your daughter said which would not be admissible. Why he issued this is beyond me, but she needs to plead not guilty in accordance with the instructions on the ticket and then go to court and the prosecutor will dismiss it as long as she makes no more statements about how the scratch occurred and does not testify because the officer has no way to testify about how it happened.
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